[How to Query] Online Workshop

With Author Alisha Sevigny


Virtual event October 22nd, 2022, 12:00PM to 1:30PM Eastern Time

Climb out of the query trenches and land a literary agent now!

You've spent countless hours staring at the screen, writing, deleting, rewriting, and editing your story. Now that your nth book draft is complete, it's time for you to get the readers you deserve.

This 90-minute online workshop is designed for writers who want to avoid slogging away in the query trenches for years on end and, instead, master the art of the query letter so they can land a literary agent—and ultimately get a publishing deal!

You'll learn from author, editor, and former literary agent Alisha Sevigny how to craft and polish your query letter, and the best way to approach querying so that you land a literary agent.

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Meet your querying guide

Alisha Sevigny is a former literary agent, current freelance editor and published author of several acclaimed Young Adult (YA) novels.

Exceedingly familiar with the publishing industry, both as a former agent and hybrid writer, Alisha specializes in pitches and developmental edits.

Her editorial client, P.H. Oliver, (THE GYNESAURS) was the only self-published author to be long-listed for 2018's Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour Award, representing the top 10 funniest books in the country. 

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Books Published by Alisha's Clients

As a former literary agent with The Rights Factory, Alisha has had the pleasure of representing many talented domestic and international clients, including a holistic beauty guru and a renowned environmental activist, as well as several debut fiction authors:

  • Kristen Ma (Beauty, Pure and Simple)
  • Emily Hunter (The Next Eco-Warriors)
  • Susan Glickman (The Tale-Teller, Safe as Houses)
  • Aya Tsintziras (Pretty Bones)
  • Karen Wheeler (Tout Allure, Tout Suite)

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What to expect in this workshop

Workshop leader and author Alisha Sevigny will use in-class exercises and real-world examples to teach you these key elements of tackling any query:

  1. Setting query goals
  2. Targeting the right agents & agencies
  3. Personalizing your pitch
  4. Sourcing what's compelling to publishers
  5. Writing winning copy about your book
  6. Finding relevant and intriguing comp titles
  7. Writing a dynamic bio
  8. When and how to follow up

This workshop also includes:

  • Detailed tips and tools that will help you improve your book and get published.
  • A chance to ask questions of Alisha Sevigny, live, or by email after the event. All questions will be answered!
  • An optional (paid) video recording of the workshop emailed to you after the event.

Results you can count on

1. Conquer Your Fear: boost your query confidence; let go of the stories that are keeping you stuck; and remember that you wrote your book to be read, not discarded.

2. Get Motivated: find excitement in the querying process; learn how to be efficient and effective; and find accountability in a supportive group of like-minded writers.

3. Write a Winning Query Letter: create intriguing copy that captures the essence of your book and attracts your ideal literary agent.

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Stop querying without success

Look, you’ve spent more than enough time stuck in the query trenches, unsure of how to climb out. 

Sure, you could try to edit your query letter on your own, but without this program you might never find out what's not working with your query letter.

You could keep emailing literary agents without success, and stay confused about the path to publication.

You could keep attending free critique groups with amateur writers at your local coffee shop.

You could get yet another writing degree or certificate that you don’t need.

...But we'd rather help you leave a legacy for the world in the pages of your book!

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What Writers Are Saying About Alisha Sevigny

"Alisha combed through my 140,000 word manuscript offering many different strategies that I could employ to bring it down to the recommended maximum word count (under 100,000) for the genre in which it would be classified.  Readers have since told me that they were most impressed with the tightness and pace of the book, feeling that every line was worth reading.  There is no doubt in my mind that this high praise was due to Alisha's keen instinct for what a reader wants and needs in order to keep turning the page.  Indeed, this, I would say, is the hallmark of Alisha's own writing. She pointed out plot and character inconsistencies that I had missed, even after much scrutiny and gently curtailed my penchant for overly verbose descriptions. She provides a thorough and discerning voice that will allow you to reconsider and/or validate your work from a fresh and knowledgeable perspective, always keeping the writer's delicate ego in mind.  A pleasure to work with from beginning to end."
— P.H. Oliver

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